Meals on Wheels Whiskey Raffle


Well it’s been a while since we’ve posted anything and part of that has to do with non-whisky related busy-ness and part of that has to do with a general sense of gloom from the news. But alas we have found inspiration in a worthy cause!

The Meals on Wheels People (Oregon) contacted us with some news that they are running a whiskey raffle! In case you are wondering what Meals on Wheels do, here is an exerpt from their website:

“We enrich the lives of seniors, and assist them in maintaining independence, by providing nutritious food, human connections and social support. We also use our expertise and capacity to serve other nutritionally at-risk populations.”

The isolation and malnutrition of the elderly is one of the unseen tragedies of modern society. For a more visceral description watch this video:


Anyway, on to the raffle!

What’s the prize? The winner of the raffle gets:

One bottle of 1980 vintage O.F.C. Bourbon released by Buffalo Trace Distillery (valued at $10,000). The O.F.C. Bourbon range was released by Buffalo Trace to commemorate the original distillery at the site (then named O.F.C.) which was established in 1870 by Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. The bottles have been made available exclusively for charities for fundraising purposes. For more information on the O.F.C. bourbon range click here (short description) and here (long description).

But that’s not all! The winner will also receive “two round-trip tickets to Kentucky, a two-night stay in the renowned The Castle Post Hotel and an exclusive tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery.”

For more information on the raffle and to purchase tickets, visit the Meals on Wheels site.

There are only 300 raffle tickets in total with a price of $100 per ticket. So the chances are pretty good! Contestants must be at least 21 years old. Prizes will only be delivered within the continental USA.

Ticket sales will stop at noon PST February 28th, 2017 and the winner will be drawn at 3pm PST on the same day.


SMWS 33.133 Ardbeg (Whipped with happiness)


This here expression/bottling was released in February of this year along with the 33.143. Just a couple months before that in November of 2015, SMWS released the 33.132. So I like to think of these as the SMWS Ardbeg trio since they were released about the same time and they are all 8 years old from a second fill ex-sherry cask. Triplets if you will. One thing to note about the 33.143 is that it was actually a typo and the the code was supposed to be 33.134 which makes sense considering the ordering. I find it amusing because I have noticed a lot of issues with the descriptions not matching the whiskies on the website. So clearly SMWS was having some trouble with their systems. Wouldn’t mind consulting for a whisky fee!

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Bowmore Hand Filled Batch #13 Review


Wooooohooooo! We finally got to try one of the Bowmore hand filled bottlings! Thanks to the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society and committee member Matthew! This bottle was served at the Peaty Tasting on May 12, 2016. So yeah this was a while ago which goes to show how far behind I am with my posts.

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anCnoc 2001


Ah the ever confusing anCnoc! It’s weird to write, strange to pronounce, and not the name of the distillery. With all these marketting head scratchers, it seems to be doing well and for good reason. They make good whisky. Knockdhu is the name of the distillery but they changed the name of their whisky to anCnoc to avoid confusion with Knockando distillery. By the way it’s pronounced “a-nock” and apparently it is Gaelic for “the hill”. AnCnoc/Knockdhu is owned by Inver House Distillers who also own Old Pulteney and Balblair. Since Balblair almost exclusively release their whiskies with vintage statements, this relationship may explain anCnoc’s series of vintage whiskies.

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St. Magdalene 1982 24 Years Old Murray McDavid Port Finish


Well this is a treat! We first tried this whisky on a Water of Life Society (WOLS) trip in 2014 thanks to a very generous member. Whiskyphiles did a post on it back then, and we recently tried it again while having dinner with the current WOLS president. It does pay to a part of WOLS!

St. Magdalene Distillery was founded in 1798 and closed in 1983 along with many other distilleries. It was located in Linlithgow which is a town about 20 miles west of Edinburgh. Due to its location, it is also known as Linlithgow Distillery. The distillery site has been converted into flats which seems to be a common thing to do with old distillery buildings. Linlithgow is most well known for Linlithgow palace which sits on the banks of the small Linlithgow loch. We’ve never been inside the palace, but it looks majestic from the outside and you can fly fish for trout in the loch if you purchase a fishing ticket from the Forth Area Federation of Anglers. It’s good fishing!

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Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or (12 Years Old)


We tried this particular expression at the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society Glenmorangie & Dessert Wine Tasting along with the Original, Lasanta, and Quinta Ruban. These four expressions represent the core range from Glenmorangie and provide an excellent experiment in cask influence. Nectar D’Or basically means golden nectar. While the name is not exactly French, it does have a certain French-ness to it which is to emphasize the fact that this whisky has been finished in ex-sauternes wine casks. Sauternes wine is a white sweet wine hailing from the Sauternais region of Bordeaux. It has a fascinating production which relies on the growth of a fungus called Botrytis cinerea to concentrate the sugars in the grapes. Due to the dependence on the growth of this fungus, Sauternes wine is difficult to make and yields varies greatly depending on the conditions each season. Thus due to the laws of supply and demand, this is not a cheap wine and ex-sauternes wine casks are not in abundance, so it’s always exciting to see whisky matured in Sauternes wine casks.

Unlike the Lasanta and Quinta Ruban, the Glenmorangie does not state the length of finishing for the Nectar D’Or.

Distillery: Glenmorangie

Age: 12 Years Old

Cask: Ex-bourbon casks and then finished in ex-sauternes wine casks

ABV: 46%

Price: £54.13 at the Master of Malt

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Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (12 Year Old)


We tried this particular expression at the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society Glenmorangie & Dessert Wine Tasting. The Quinta Ruban is one of the general release official bottlings from Glenmorangie. According to their website, this whisky spent “10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal”. They also state that no chill filtration was performed on the whisky. So ten years in ex-bourbon and two years in ex-port which is a similar maturation breakdown to the Lasanta (except that the Lasanta was in ex-sherry). In fact, you can think of the Quinta Ruban and Lasanta as the Original but with an extra 2 years maturation in a different cask. I mean to a certain extant. So it’s actually quite a neat experiment and really highlights the effect that finishing has on a whisky. As we did at the WOLS tasting, it would be a good exercise to go through the Glenmorangie core range to understand the kind of flavours you get from each cask type. I mean if you are that geeky about whisky..


Distillery: Glenmorangie

Age: 12 Years Old

Cask: (From their website) 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal.

ABV: 46%

Price: £47.48 from the Master of Malt

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